Letter: Cures for crime: a return to family values, creative play, moral lessons, caring at home

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Sir: In 1956 I lost sight of my elder son, then aged six, in a shoe shop in London's Oxford Street, in circumstances similar to Patricia Finney (18 February). As she did, I ran up and down in frantic distress, then I saw him. He was on an island in the middle of the road - where better to be spotted by a searching parent? A large bobby held him by the hand and was bending down to his level to comfort and reassure him.

Alas, a Panda car can do nothing to protect children or help distraught parents. Outnumbered police can only react to consequences they can no longer watchfully prevent.

Yours faithfully,



19 February